A boardwalk running the length of Pilot Bay was today given near unanimous backing by the Tauranga City Council.
The council voted 10-1 in favour, with only Councillor Catherine Stewart opposing on the grounds that the boardwalk width of up to three metres was too wide.
A $200,000 contribution by the Port of Tauranga made the project possible, with the council now confident that tenders to build the board walk should come in within the total budget of nearly $500,000.
The council put aside $295,000 of its own money this year for an unspecified path.
The boardwalk will be built flush with the Bay's grassy foreshore with the design seeking to minimise the impact on the wider grassed family areas at the southern end of Pilot Bay.
See the full story in tomorrow's Bay of Plenty Times.